Chef Melissa Miranda grew up in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington. She discovered the fast-paced culinary world was truly her passion and decided to move to Italy to pursue her culinary career to attend Florence University of the Art's Culinary Program. After five years living and working in Italy, Melissa moved back to the States spending two years in New York, consulting and working, expanding her knowledge of management and techniques of cooking. Melissa is currently back in Seattle and has a home at Bar del Corso in Beacon Hill, which would become the birthplace of Musang as a small neighborhood pop-up - her personal tribute to her father, family recipes, and childhood memories. For the last three years she has proudly served up a series of Filipinx Brunches as well as an annual dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes.
Musang and Melissa have earned local media attention from Visit Seattle, Seattle Met, The Seattle Times, Tech Stars Startup Week Seattle, City Arts, and had the opportunity to cook at the James Beard House as part of a celebration of Regional Filipino Cuisine. Since she started this thing, she has been able to touch the lives of so many people through her food and creating experiences.
Musang Seattle is incredibly excited for the opportunity to take the pop-up brand to the next level by opening a brick-and-mortar establishment. Musang will be a casual, neighborhood establishment, serving personal, intimate, and overwhelming Filipinx dishes from Melissa's childhood memories Tuesday through Saturday and Brunches on Saturday and Sunday.
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